Nature

Types of Ground Nesting Bees

February 23, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The small ground nesting bees fall into several categories – mining bees, orchard bees, or digger bees are among them, and all are important pollinators. They are...

Spotted Wintergreen

February 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Spotted Wintergreen

This plant is found throughout South Carolina.

All About Dandelions

February 2, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . The common name dandelion is derived from the French phrase d ent de lion – lion’s tooth, referring to the deeply serrated leaves of some species, including the one we most commonly see –...

Honey Locust Tree

January 28, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Honey Locust Tree seed pods.

Honey Locust Trees have twisted, brown fruit.

Loquats Important to Honeybees

January 18, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . I was outside cutting magnolia to make a Christmas wreath and stopped to admire the flowers on one of my loquat trees. Loquat has a melodious scientific name, Eriobotrya japonica, and is...

Camellias are Great for Pollinators

January 16, 2019 - Posted in Making it Grow by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . There is a huge push to grow native plants in an effort to help pollinators. But don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater – some of our most beloved non-natives are important food sources,...

Boxelders Are Fruiting

January 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
The paired winged fruits of the Boxelder Maples are typically reddish when young.

The fruit of this Maple tree "helicopter" on the wind.

Mistletoe

January 3, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Mistletoe with berries.

Only female Mistletoe has berries.

Mystery Skull

December 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The skull of an American Alligator.

Two friends find what looks like a skull, nailed to a tree on Sullivans Island...

Poikilohydry?

December 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Fellow Extension agent Chase Smoak and I like to learn new botanical words (he already knows a lot more than me). But I had a good one for him the other day. Poikilohydry is the process that...

Malignant Mistletoe?

December 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Although our eastern American mistletoe does do harm to our urban trees and our timber industry, the fact that it can only grow on hardwoods spares our pine plantations, and its seeds must be...

Mistletoe Reproduction

December 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Our Eastern American mistletoe has the scientific name Phoradendron leucarpum. The first name comes from Greek words – phor meaning thief and dendron meaning tree – and it is parasitic -- taking...

Mistletoe in Past Cultures

December 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Parasitic plants with the common name mistletoe occur almost worldwide and in many cultures were associated with myths and pagan religious rites. The Scottish anthropologist Sir James George...

Mistletoe: a Holiday History

December 17, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . While filming at Historic Columbia recently, I learned that it wasn’t until the 1850’s that British and American Christians began seriously decorating their homes for Christmas. Queen Victoria’s...

Black Throated Blue Warbler

November 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Black Throated Blue Warbler

This bird is neo-tropical and migrates through South Carolina.

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